You have no idea how widely appreciated hand crafted items are. I like them too, just like anyone else. If you are lucky enough to come from an area with a highly personalized level of culture, you are on the right path. If you do not come from such an area, try to at least find a connection with a particular culture. Was your grandmother an Indian? Was you grandfather a gypsy? Things like these might motivate you in this venture. No matter how unusual it seems, a lot of people like traditional and rare items. If you feel talented, just start hand crafting and stick to the most representative aspects of the chosen culture.
You do not necessarily have to come up with a local shop. Instead, it might be a good idea to find some exporters that can take your work to other countries. Germans and Italians are world renowned for their passion toward such things.
The Internet represents a good starting point to get some names. Do not expect to establish connections overnight because it is less likely to happen. At the same time, do not stick to wood or clay only. Some hand crafted items are made of corn cobs and they look amazing. Just like you have probably guessed already, the manufacturing costs are insignificant.
Just like for any other business, the secret stays in your dedication to push your limits and strive to advance. Come up with something new on a daily basis and keep evolving.